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Adults and Teens

We offer an array of opportunities for learning, creating, and sharing through art experiences at the Museum. Whether taking a class in our studios or hearing from an expert in our galleries, our visitors can choose from a variety of activities to engage with art. With established weekly programs like ArtBreak and Slow Art Sunday, or special events like First Thursday, Art On The Rocks, and teen nights, the BMA invites you to find a program that interests and excites you!

Divine Music Indian Concert

Divine Music Indian Concert

May 15, 2015

The Birmingham Museum of Art and the Indian Cultural Society (ICS) present a concert of Divine Music with artists Pt. Bhimanna Yadav (Sundari), Pt. Subhen Chatterjee (Tabla), and Pt. Indradeep Ghosh (Violin). They have enthralled audiences wherever they have performed in India and abroad. Join us for this rare and culturally unique experience.

ArtBreak: Decoding a Hindu Temple: Royalty and Religion in the Iconographic Program of the Virupaksha Temple, Pattadakal

May 12, 2015

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by Associate Professor of Art History at UAB Cathleen Cummings, Ph.D., who will lead a talk on Decoding a Hindu Temple: Royalty and Religion in the Iconographic Program of the Virupaksha Temple, Pattadakal.

Romanticism in the Museum's Collection // After seeing the Romantic works in the Delacroix exhibition, join us for a docent-led tour of Romantic works of art in our collection. Come find your new favorite!

Slow Art Sunday: The Sorceress

May 10, 2015

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion on Georges Merle’s The Sorceress.

Public Tour: Artists with Disabilities

May 9, 2015

In conjunction with International Museum Day on May 18, the Museum has partnered with Disability Rights and Resources to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Join us for a special public tour with docent Judy Cook as we explore Artists with Disabilities.

Dale Chihuly, Claude Monet, and Josiah Wedgwood all had different, potentially career-ending disabilities. On the tour, learn how the artists found ways to overcome their disabilities and become masters of their art form.

Visually Impaired Program: Artists with Disabilities

Visually Impaired Program: Artists with Disabilities

May 9, 2015

In this program for adults, held the second Saturday of each month, specially trained docents present the Museum’s collection by means of verbal descriptions, three-dimensional tactile models based on original works of art, and sculpture. The experience may be enhanced by related music and/or art-making to provide multi-sensory access to the visual arts.

Join master docent Judy Cook for Artists with Disabilities. Dale Chihuly, Claude Monet, and Josiah Wedgwood all had different, potentially career-ending disabilities. Yet, they all found ways to overcome their disabilities and become masters of their art form.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, May 4.

VIP tours are also available for school-age or adult groups. To reserve your spot or learn more about group tours, call 205.254.2964.

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

May 7, 2015

Your Night at the Museum!

The Birmingham Museum of Art is pleased to present an after-hours experience on the first Thursday of each month. Wander the galleries, sip cocktails in the garden, catch a movie, or sit down with friends for tapas at Oscar’s. The Museum is open for your enjoyment until 9PM.

5:30PM: Studio Class with Project Runway Star // (Must register in advance, cost: $125) Hand tie and dye a beautiful scarf using vintage techniques originating from Jaipur, India. Learn from instructor Sandhya Garg, featured on Project Runway season 13, who has trained in international design studios from Alexander McQueen to the Gucci factory in Italy. Learn more about the class, Garg, and registration here.
6PM: Docent-Led Tour // See our new exhibition, David Puxley: Wedgwood’s First Studio Potter, and learn something new on our docent-led tour! Find out more about the exhibition here.
6:30PM: Art Class // Drop-in and Sculpt // Love the designs found in David Puxley: Wedgwood’s First Studio Potter? Try your hand and sculpting!
7PM: Film Screening // Eames: The Architect and the Painter: The husband and wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America’s most influential and important industrial designers. Admired for their creations and fascinating as individuals, they have risen to iconic status in American culture.

Art & Conversation: The Four R’s: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Art!

May 7, 2015

Here’s your chance to find out what the Education Department does and how it plays an integral role in the community through school and teacher programs, community outreach, and initiatives geared towards the teen and college audiences. Kristen Greenwood, Suzy Harris, and Toby Richards lead this enlightening discussion.

ArtBreak: Moon Jar

ArtBreak: Moon Jar

May 5, 2015

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by Senior Curator and Curator of Asian Art Don Wood, Ph.D., who will lead a conversation on our Korean piece Moon Jar (dal hang-ari). Come learn about this beautiful piece in our collection!

No Slow Art Sunday

May 3, 2015

We will be cleaning up from the Museum Ball, so no Slow Art Sunday today! The Museum will be open during normal hours to the public.

Museum Ball: Museum Closed All Day

May 2, 2015

Please note that the Museum will be closed all day due to set up for the Museum Ball. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

The Museum will reopen during normal hours on Sunday, May 3 at noon.

Museum Ball: Second Floor Closed All Day

May 1, 2015

Please note that the second floor of the Museum, including galleries, the café, Bart’s ArtVenture, and the Museum Store, will be closed today due to Museum Ball set up.

The third floor galleries and gardens will remain open.

Museum Ball: Second Floor Closed, Café and Store Open Until 2PM

April 30, 2015

Please note that the second floor of the Museum, including galleries and Bart’s ArtVenture, will be closed today due to Museum Ball set up. Oscar’s Café and the Museum Store will remain open until 2PM.

The third floor galleries and gardens will remain open.

Museum Ball: Second Floor Closes at 2PM

April 29, 2015

Please note that the second floor of the Museum, including galleries, the café, Bart’s ArtVenture, and the Museum Store, will close today at 2PM due to Museum Ball set up.

The third floor galleries and gardens will remain open.

Art Break: Between Fantasy and Reality with Artist Frank Fleming

Art Break: Between Fantasy and Reality with Artist Frank Fleming

April 28, 2015

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by artist Frank Fleming, whose art is currently on display in the Museum’s exhibition Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming. This is a rare opportunity to hear from one of Alabama’s favorite artists, as he speaks about artwork from his early years.

Drop-in Tours

April 26, 2015

The Museum is an official partner of this year’s Magic City Art Connection! Come visit us for free tours and an art workshop during the festival!

Here is the tour schedule for Saturday:

1-1:30PM // Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming or Discovering the BMA
3-3:30PM // Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming or Discovering the BMA